After section 15(1A) of the Principal Act insert —
"(1AB) Subsection (1A)(h) and (i) do not apply if—
(a) the person who applied for the licence is the holder of an exploration licence, mining licence or retention licence covering land that surrounds the area of the application; and
(b) the land was previously covered by—
(i) a mining licence not exceeding 5 hectares; or
(ii) a prospecting licence; or
(iii) an application for a prospecting licence.".